Salem senior center to raise fees for nonresidents
Salem residents aren’t asked to pay membership fees, though Drelick said “many of them have told me they’d have no problem doing so if they were asked.”
At the time, the nonresident membership fee was $25 and that fee had remained the same for the five years prior, when the town began charging out-of-towners wishing to attend Salem senior programs.
After a lengthy discussion Monday night, the board opted to increase membership fees by another $5 in the coming year. Beginning Aug. 1, nonresidents will pay $35 annually to use the Ingram Senior Center.
“You can’t compare our senior center to anywhere else within a 40-mile radius,” Hargreaves said. “That’s why people keep coming here from Methuen and Lawrence, from Hampstead and Plaistow. We have more programs, we have a brand new dance floor. … Nobody’s gong to gripe about (the fees) and people are going to still keep coming.”
“Are we getting to the point where we’d need to ration back on people from out of town?” he asked.
As it stands now, Salem residents are given first priority when it comes to events and activities with a waiting list.
Several weeks ago, when a new exercise program was immediately filled with Salem seniors, around 40 nonresidents were placed on a waiting list, she said.
Drelick and the Board of Selectmen will discuss the topic further during the July 8 meeting, when Drelick presents her annual department firstname.lastname@example.org
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